SEC Power Rankings: Ranking every SEC team after Week 10
Week 10 featured some results not many expected.
OK, so we all expected Georgia to blow out Mizzou. Beyond that, though, it was an unpredictable week across the league.
Florida was awful. Mississippi State missed 3 field goals. Alabama didn’t look like the No. 2 team in the country (let alone in the SEC). Tennessee and Kentucky provided some major fireworks.
So, how did the full week of games shake up our power rankings? Here’s how things stand entering Week 11:
14. Vanderbilt (2-7 overall, 0-5 in SEC)
Previous ranking: 14
This week: OFF
Next week: vs. Kentucky (6-3)
The Commodores had a much-needed off week, but it might not make much of a difference, as they face a brutal last 3 weeks. They’ll host Kentucky this coming weekend before hitting the road to Ole Miss and Tennessee to finish the year. An 0-8 SEC record seems likely. Then, first-year head coach Clark Lea will face a very important offseason.
13. Florida (4-5, 2-5)
Previous ranking: 10
This week: 40-17 L to South Carolina
Next week: vs. Samford (4-5)
What an absolute, utter embarrassment for Dan Mullen and the Gators. This team gave up. There’s no other way around it. South Carolina hadn’t scored more than 21 points against an FBS opponent this year. It had 30 by halftime against the porous Gators defense. This season is now officially a disaster. I’m not sure Mullen is the guy to lead this team into the future at this point.
12. Mizzou (4-5, 1-4)
Previous week: 12
This week: 43-6 L to No. 1 Georgia
Next week: vs. South Carolina (5-4)
If you’re searching for a positive for Mizzou this week, it’s this — the Tigers allowed a season-low rushing yardage total to Georgia in this blowout loss. For a team with the worst run defense in the entire country, that’s something to build on. QBs Tyler Macon and Brady Cook also showed some flashes of brilliance against an elite defense in Connor Bazelak’s absence. Yes, Georgia dominated, but that was to be expected. We’ll see how the Tigers use this game to build momentum heading into a winnable Week 11 home game against South Carolina.
11. South Carolina (5-4, 2-4)
Previous ranking: 13
This week: 40-17 W over Florida
Next week: at Mizzou (4-5)
Look, credit to the Gamecocks for the big-time win, but I’m not going to bump them up too much here. This looked to me more like a game where Florida simply quit on its coaching staff. Credit to the Gamecocks, because they are absolutely playing as hard as they can for Shane Beamer and his staff. But I’m still not sold on this team moving forward. Beat Mizzou next week and gain bowl eligibility and then we’ll talk. It’s certainly possible for the Gamecocks!
10. LSU (4-5, 2-4)
Previous ranking: 11
This week: 20-14 L to No. 2 Alabama
Next week: vs. Arkansas (6-3)
The Tigers showed some fight. I loved Coach O’s game plan of going for broke against the Tide. What did he have to lose? The answer? Nothing. He was a riverboat gambler and it worked for most of the night. The Tigers gave the Tide fits but came up just short. I’m not giving the Tigers too much credit for a loss, but if Coach O continues to go for broke like this the last 3 weeks of the season, LSU will be a very dangerous team.
9. Mississippi State (5-4, 3-3)
Previous ranking: 7
This week: 31-28 L to Arkansas
Next week: at Auburn (6-3)
Week 10 of the regular season means Week 10 of me not having any clue what to do with the Bulldogs. Seriously, what is up with this team? Everything can go right on any given weekend, but anything can go wrong, too. This week, special teams hurt the Bulldogs, as they went 0-for-3 on field goals with 2 different kickers. What does this coming weekend have in store? I literally have no idea.
8. Kentucky (6-3, 4-3)
Previous ranking: 6
This week: 45-42 L to Tennessee
Next week: at Vanderbilt (2-7)
The Wildcats are in a slump. This team is in major danger of having its magical season evaporate out from under them. They’ve lost 3 games in a row, including Saturday’s narrow home loss to Tennessee. The offense played well but didn’t make enough plays. Meanwhile, the defense couldn’t stop the Vols. Fortunately for Mark Stoops and Co., a road trip to Vanderbilt this coming weekend should provide a chance to get right.
7. Tennessee (5-4, 3-3)
Previous ranking: 9
This week: 45-42 W over No. 18 Kentucky
Next week: at Georgia (9-0)
The Vols might only be 5-4, but this is a super dangerous team. Josh Heupel’s offense is giving teams fits, and Hendon Hooker has developed into a heck of a quarterback. Meanwhile, a defense that was ravaged by the transfer portal this offseason just continues to make plays. This is a spirited bunch, and perhaps the last real test Georgia will face this regular season.
6. Arkansas (6-3, 2-3)
Previous ranking: 8
This week: 31-28 W over No. 17 Mississippi State
Next week: at LSU (4-5)
Yes, Mississippi State missed 3 field goals. Yes, those field goals would have given the Bulldogs the win. But you have to give the Hogs credit here. They fought hard all day. They held the Bulldogs to field-goal attempts instead of giving up touchdowns. With #collegekickers, nothing is guaranteed. The Hogs deserve every bit of this victory. Now, they’re bowl-eligible for the first time since 2016. That’s huge. They have a chance to add win No. 7 at LSU this coming weekend.
5. Auburn (6-3, 3-2)
Previous ranking: 4
This week: 20-3 L to No. 14 Texas A&M
Next week: vs. Mississippi State (5-4)
I don’t think that was a great effort from the Tigers. But, playing at Kyle Field isn’t easy. Plus, A&M’s defense is incredible. Bo Nix wasn’t great, and it seems the Tigers need a great effort from him in order to win. This hurts the Tigers in their quest to win the SEC West title, for sure, but I still think this squad will be a tough out moving forward.
4. Ole Miss (7-2, 3-2)
Previous ranking: 5
This week: 27-14 W over Liberty
Next week: vs. Texas A&M (7-2)
The Rebels finished their nonconference slate of games with a win over Liberty in Hugh Freeze’s return to Oxford. Now, they have to take on a resurgent Texas A&M team. Both teams have beat up quarterbacks in Matt Corral and Zach Calzada. Ole Miss got a couple of guys back vs. Liberty, but the Rebels will need more guys to get healthy before this next game. The Aggies are red-hot these days. Speaking of Texas A&M …
3. Texas A&M (7-2, 4-2)
Previous ranking: 3
This week: 20-3 W over No. 13 Auburn
Next week: at Ole Miss (7-2)
What a gritty performance by the Aggies. QB Zach Calzada suffered a painful shoulder injury and couldn’t move his left arm. No big deal. He just threw on a brace (to match his knee brace) and got back in the game. The defense was awesome, as usual, making Auburn QB Bo Nix revert back to his erratic self. This is a dangerous football team. Watch out, Ole Miss.
2. Alabama (8-1, 5-1)
Previous ranking: 2
This week: 20-14 W over LSU
Next week: vs. New Mexico State (1-8)
Was it pretty? No. Was it a win? Yes. The Tide continue to win. That’s all that matters. Count on them staying in the No. 2 spot in the next College Football Playoff rankings. No. 3 Michigan State lost. No. 4 Oregon looked lackluster. No. 5 Ohio State struggled. So did No. 6 Cincinnati. Give me the Tide in the No. 2 spot still. And New Mexico State likely won’t provide much of a challenge, either.
1. Georgia (9-0, 7-0)
Previous ranking: 1
This week: 43-6 W over Mizzou
Next week: at Tennessee (5-4)
Ho-hum. Another week, another blowout win for the Bulldogs. The only real threat Mizzou’s offense posed was on the final drive of the game. That’s been about the only time opposing offenses have been able to threaten the Dawgs’ defense with a potential touchdown. This game, the Dawgs held, keeping Mizzou out of the end zone and preserving a 43-6 win. Next week, they wrap up their SEC slate of games with a tough road contest at Tennessee.